Gun manufacturer issues scathing rebuke against Dick’s Sporting Goods, pulls out of stores

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Dick’s Sporting Goods is continuing to feel the consequences of its decisions on weapons following the deadly Parkland school shooting.

Another major gun manufacturer announced Wednesday that it is severing ties with the sporting goods store after it  hired three Washington, D.C., lobbyists to push for gun control legislation, the National Review reported.

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Dick’s had already banned the sale of assault-style weapons and raised the minimum age for purchasing a gun to 21 after the mass shooting at the Florida high school in February that took the lives of 17 people. But the move to lobby gun control efforts on Capitol Hill was the last straw for several prominent gun manufacturers.

O.F. Mossberg & Sons Inc., the parent company of Mossberg guns, issued a statement announcing the end of its relationship with Dick’s Sporting Goods.

“It has come to our attention that Dick’s Sporting Goods recently hired lobbyists on Capitol Hill to promote additional gun control,” Iver Mossberg, Mossberg & Sons CEO, wrote in a press release.

“Make no mistake, Mossberg is a staunch supporter of the U.S. Constitution and our Second Amendment rights, and we fully disagree with Dick’s Sporting Goods’ recent anti-Second Amendment actions,” he added, telling customers to “visit one of the thousands of pro-Second Amendment firearm retailers” instead of Dick’s.

Just one day before the Mossberg announcement, MKS Supply also announced it would no longer do business with Dick’s.

“We believe that refusing to sell long guns to adults under age 21, while many young adults in our military are not similarly restricted, is wrong. We believe that villainizing modern sporting rifles in response to pressure from uninformed, anti-gun voices is wrong,” Charles Brown, president of MKS Supply – which makes Hi-Point firearms -wrote in the statement on Tuesday, according to National Review.

“We believe that hiring lobbyists to oppose American citizens’ freedoms secured by the Second Amendment is wrong,” he added. “Dick’s Sporting Goods and Field & Stream, in purportedly doing all of these things, have demonstrated that they do not share our values. [We’re] standing by the American people by refusing any further sales to Dick’s Sporting Goods & Field & Stream.”

Another gun manufacturer, Springfield Armory, announced last week that it was cutting ties with the sport’s supply company, too.

Dick’s had announced last month that it would destroy all unsold firearms which were pulled off their shelves, It is also facing two lawsuits against its policy raising the age limit for purchasing a weapon.

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